Archives for November 2015

The yellow-shirt escorts were out in force again

At least 3 turnarounds at the abortion clinic

The following comes from a November 29 email from Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego: Saturday, November 28, Family Planning Associates, San Diego The yellow-shirt "escorts" were out in force again. The security guard has taken to directing the yellow-shirts to intercept the counselors whenever we approach someone who has arrived in the parking lot. The guard has … [Read more...]

Changes coming to the Rite of Election

Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election for children will be celebrated in the local parishes

The following comes from a November 30 Inland Catholic Byte article by Sister Jeremy Gallet, S.P.: SAN BERNARDINO—This year the Diocese of San Bernardino will be making some major changes to the way the Rite of Election is celebrated. Both the Call to Continuing Conversion – the rite for baptized non-Catholic Christians – and the Rite of Election for children will be … [Read more...]

Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on Hollywood duplicity and bias

What the film got wrong about the Church's sex abuse tragedy

The following comes from a November 30 Crisis Magazine article by Anne Hendershott: Portrayed as a villain in Spotlight, the new film describing the clergy abuse scandal, Jack Dunn, the media spokesman for Boston College, and trustee for Boston College High School, has hired a lawyer to demand that the scene portraying him as a cold and callous bureaucrat—caring nothing for … [Read more...]

US abortions continue to decline

California, which makes up 1/5 of all US abortions, is not included in report's figures

The following comes from a November 27 Fox Health article: Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about 25 years. The number of reported abortions dropped 4 percent in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the … [Read more...]

Orange County Catholics lobby Board of Supervisors

Successful effort leads to vote in favor of new shelter for the homeless in Anaheim

The following comes from a Diocese of Orange post: OC’s homeless had an advocate [on November 17] as dozens of Catholics gathered in front of the Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana, a show of support for the proposed Kraemer Multi-Service Center. The Orange County Board of Supervisors, in a special board meeting on the subject, approved by a vote of 5-0 the … [Read more...]

‘I want to be a Boy Scout.’ There’s just one hitch.

Group of Santa Rosa girls say the Girl Scouts are too sedate for them, and insist on joining Boy Scouts

The following comes from a November 22 New York Times article by Julie Turkewitz: SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Five girls wearing makeshift scout uniforms stood before top Boy Scout brass this month and made an announcement: We want in. In a year in which gender roles in traditional American institutions have undergone major changes and challenges, a fight in Northern California … [Read more...]

African Catholics are uneducated and accept simple answers?

Outrageous commentary appears on official website of the German bishops' conference

The following comes from a November 25 First Things article by Leroy Huizenga:  Björn Odendahl, an editor at, writes the following in the course of commenting on the Pope's plans for Africa in a piece entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”: "So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often … [Read more...]

Just because my son’s a priest doesn’t mean I’m a theologian

Growing group of Phoenix-area mothers whose children are discerning vocations

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:. Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that I would know so much about our religion.” A growing group of … [Read more...]

The Catholic origins of Thanksgiving

Debunking what G.K. Chesterton calls 'The Myth of the Mayflower'

The following comes from a November 25 Catholic World Report article by Dale Ahlquist: What most people believe about Thanksgiving is a variation on what I was taught in public school in the 1960s. The Pilgrims came to Plymouth on a ship called the Mayflower. They were the first English settlers in America. They came for religious freedom. And they had a big feast with … [Read more...]

Life well lived

Father Francis "Felix" Cassidy, OP

The following comes from a November 17 SF Gate obituary: Father Felix Francis Edward Cassidy, OP died peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015. Father Felix was born on June 3, 1927 and raised in San Francisco's Pacific Heights. He was baptized at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco. He attended St. Ignatius Prep. He was a World War II veteran, joining the Merchant Marine … [Read more...]